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Tips and Tricks

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In Međimurje, as well as in other parts of Croatia, simple daily meals differed from those that were on the table for special  occasions. The housewives of Međimurje knew how to make a cake from various ingredients in a simple way, which was a real treat for the whole family. Međimurska bidra is a traditional cake named after the clay pot of in which it was baked. The traditional bidra pot was made of reddish clay. It was round in shape, with wavy edges. It was usually coated on the inside with a colorless glaze, with or without decorations on the bottom. The housewives made this cake from traditional ingredients and filled it with fillings typical of the Međimurje region: walnuts, poppy seeds or cheese. Depending on the special occasion, and the financial capabilities of the household, the bidra was filled with one, two or even three fillings.

Medžimurska bidra


  • 500 g smooth flour
  • 30 g yeast
  • 80 g sugar
  • 80 g butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • lemon or orange zest
  • rum
  • ground walnuts
  • milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla sugar


          Put sugar, a small amount of flour and warm milk on the yeast to make the yeast rise.
          Put flour, melted butter, grated lemon and orange zest in a bowl, mix the egg yolk with the rest of the sugar and mix with the yeast and warm milk.
          Knead the dough until soft and leave it to double.
          Pour hot milk over the ground walnuts, add rum and sweeten if desired.
          Roll out the risen dough into a rectangle, and thinly coat it with walnut filling.
          Roll into a roll, then cut the roll in the middle and fold it like a braid.
          Spread butter on the clay bidra and place the folded roll in a wreath-shaped bowl and coat with egg.
          Leave to rise.
          Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes at 170 degrees.
          Coat the baked bidra with sugar syrup and sprinkle with toasted pumpkin and sunflower seeds.